It's been a busy week in Bachelor
Land. In between revealing the upcoming season's 25 bachelorettes
, airing the extended trailer
for the season and releasing a press release about the January 2 premiere (more on that below!), the Bachelor
producers found the time to crack down on their show's biggest online secret-squealer.Steve, Spoilers and Supposed Solicitation
Two days after revealing Bachelor
Ben Flajnik's final four women on his website, spoiler king Reality Steve (Steve Carbone) is reportedly being sued
the show's producers for offering to pay show employees, contestants or
others close to the production to "breach their confidentiality
obligations." The producers are asking for $75,000 in damages.
Carbone has posted episode-by-episode spoilers about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette
and Bachelor Pad
for several seasons now. (Spoilers that, I feel compelled to add, we've cited often, because they're often spot-on.) He never reveals his sources, and has often written that he's never been contacted by ABC to stop. The spoilers range from minor (date activities, explanations of upcoming drama) to major, like who ends up as the Bachelor
's final choice.EW posted
parts of alleged messages sent by Carbone to participants in the show, including this section of an email: "Let me just say, I'm very well aware of your contract. I also know that over 500
contestants have been on this show and not one of them has ever been
sued for the $5 million. It's just a scare tactic. Trust me. Just like
they had no idea you sent me that last email, they'll have no idea about
any correspondence either. I know you're scared and a little paranoid
by it, but don't be. Unless they are hacking your email or tapping your
phone, there's absolutely no way for them to find out."
released an official statement on his site, saying he has not been
served a lawsuit, along with a statement from his lawyer denying "that
there is a valid factual or legal basis for the threatened suit." You
can read the full post here
. Back to That Thing about Ben's Final FourHere's the post
where Steve revealed who made it to the Hometown Dates with Ben. We won't know much about these girls until the episodes begin airing, but judging from this trailer
, at least one of them is a big drama-maker among the bachelorettes.And About the Upcoming Bachelor Premiere...
Steve's final four post also includes spoilers about ABC's press release about the upcoming season premiere, the juiciest parts from which you can read below:"Erika, the young law student, informs Ben that the verdict is in
and he is convicted of being sexy. Emily, the germ conscious
epidemiologist, doesn't miss a beat, quickly sanitizing both herself and
Ben before grabbing the season's first kiss. And in a questionable
move, Anna decides that Ben should only get a look at her before she
struts right by him and straight into the mansion. But Ben is taken
aback when Sheryl, a sprite senior citizen, confesses she is madly in
love with him. But what is her real motive? Finally, making her grand
entrance, Lindzi arrives on horseback in time to intrigue Ben and
capture his attention.
As the party begins and
the "first impression" rose is brought out, the competition ramps up.
Shawn, a single, athletic mom, pulls Ben aside for a quick soccer game.
Elyse, an attractive personal trainer, commands Ben to do pushups. Emily
decides to show Ben a different side of her personality as she performs
a rap she wrote just for him. However, when Jenna, a sensitive New York
blogger, is brought to tears by the more forceful Monica, there are
storm clouds ahead -- particularly since Monica seems a lot more
interested in Blakeley then Ben. The commotion and cat fighting
culminate in Jenna dissolving in uncontrollable tears."(Image courtesy of ABC)
Want to put faces, ages and occupations to those names? Check out Ben's 25 aspiring brides here: